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314 TX Painters, Blasters Win Back Pay

Hundreds of painters and blasters have recouped back pay from a Texas industrial painting contractor, after federal authorities determined that the workers had been cheated of earnings. Some employees of Performance Blasting and Coating LP, of Port Arthur TX, worked up to 68 hours a week without receiving overtime, while others saw hours erased from … Read more »

Union bashing frauds and the fools they convince

I am not in a union, public or private, nor have I ever been. However, after fighting for this country in World War II as a Marine at Guadalcanal, Okinawa, and other bloody battlefields, my father joined a union and worked as an instrument repairman at an aluminum smelting plant near New Orleans for 25 … Read more »

Sign Your Name to America’s Second Bill of Rights

Sign Your Name to America’s Second Bill of Rights We the People want to strengthen our nation, as a beacon of equality, economic opportunity and freedom for all. We hold these rights to be essential to our vision of America and believe that the principles contained therein should guide our government, business leaders, organizations and … Read more »

IUPAT Boston: Marriott Exposed!!! Workers will get $31k in back pay

From IUPAT District Council 35: The Final Word after a long fought Exposure Campaign by the active Members of District Council 35, along with solidarity between other trades, Labor Councils and community coalitions… Hotel project ignored wage law…. A Woburn construction company will pay $31,000 in back wages after Massachusetts’ attorney general found that one of its subcontractors failed … Read more »

Why Democrats need labor unions

Princeton, New Jersey (CNN) – Since the Democrats chose to host their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in a state that has not been hospitable to unions, organized labor is going to have a rally to focus attention on its key issues in Philadelphia on August 11. The rally is indicative of a larger tension that has plagued the Democratic … Read more »

Five Obamacare Myths

ON the subject of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, to reclaim the name critics have made into a slur — a number of fallacies seem to be congealing into accepted wisdom. Much of this is the result of unrelenting Republican propaganda and right-wing punditry, but it has gone largely unchallenged by gun-shy Democrats. The … Read more »

A Short Sighted Approach To Re-Building The Tappan Zee

Rather than criticizing Governor Cuomo over the new Tappan Zee Bridge proposal, we should be praising him for possessing that rarest of qualities among New York government leaders: vision. In his Daily News column last week, Bill Hammond thinks New York should be cut corners to rebuild the bridge – ditching critical worker safety rules … Read more »

How Pensions Violate Free Speech

In its Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court held that companies have a First Amendment right to make electoral expenditures with general corporate treasuries. And they’ve done so, with relish, pouring millions into the political system. What Citizens United failed to account for, however, is that a significant portion of the money that corporations are … Read more »

Painters Union Personally Presents Nevada Senator Dean Heller’s Reno and Las Vegas Offices with Call to Action on the Bring Jobs Home Act

Las Vegas, NV — This week, leaders and members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) visited the Reno and Las Vegas offices of Senator Dean Heller to personally deliver a letter from the members of the union calling for the passage of the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2884).  The legislation, due to be voted … Read more »

Workers Stand for America Rally

Save the Date!  August 11, 2012, union members from throughout the East Coast are gathering in Philadelphia for the Workers Stand for America Rally! We’re uniting in solidarity to send a powerful message to Congress and anti-union forces that we are committed to fight for the working class.  We are not going to rest until … Read more »